January 05, 2015

This BIG GAME Trailer Will Rock Your Monday


It's the first Monday of the new year, and like many of you that means it's back to the salt mines after a lengthy holiday break.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to turn around and go home within minutes of first setting foot in my cube.

Thankfully, I've got this Big Game trailer to get me through till 5:00.


I first heard about Big Game after it screened at the Toronto Film Festival this year and my excitement was already fairly high, even before I got an actual look at the thing: Oskari, a young Finnish boy, is in the midst of a rite of passage in which he must survive alone in the forest with little more than a bow and arrow in order to achieve manhood.  His wilderness ritual is suddenly interrupted when Air Force One crashes in a terrorist attack and Oskari is forced to protect President Samuel L. Motherfucking Jackson.  That premise alone is enough to make me twitch with joy, but this trailer also reveals the likes of Ted Levine (!) Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber and Jim Broadbent's American Accent as the White House staffers hunkered down in the Situation Room, plus Ray Stevenson as the Secret Service agent who I assume will later turn out to be a traitorous bastard.

Big Game is directed by Jalmari Helander, who was previously responsible for a fun little flick called Rare Exports, a Christmas movie featuring an evil demon Santa Claus.  Both movies star young Onni Tommila.

I can't goddamn wait.